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Coconut Lyrics

Artist: Harry Nilsson


Bruder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime,
His sister had anudder one she paid it for de lime.

She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up
She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up.
She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up
She put de lime in de coconut, she call de doctor, woke 'im up,

Said "doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?"
I said "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache,"
I said "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?"
I said "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache."
Now lemme get this straight,

You put de lime in de coconut, you drank 'em bot' up,
You put de lime in de coconut, you drank 'em bot' up,
You put de lime in de coconut, you drank 'em bot'up,
You put de lime in de coconut, you call your doctor, woke 'im up,

Said " Doctor, ain't there nothing' I can take?"
I said, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache."
I said "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?'
I said, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache,"

You put de lime in de coconut, you drink 'em bot' togedder
Put de lime in de coconut and you'll feel better,
Put de lime in de coconut, drink 'em bot' up,
Put de lime in de coconut and call me in the morning."

Woo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo.
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo.

Brudder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime,
His sister had anudder one she paid it for a lime.
She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up
She put de lime in de coconut and called de doctor, woke 'im up.

And said, "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?'
I said, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache."
I said "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?"
I said, "Doctor, now lemme get this straight,

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot'up,
Put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot' up,
Put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot' up,
Put the lime in the coconut. You're such a silly woman.

Put a lime in the coconut and drink 'em bot' together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you'll feel better.
Put the lime in the coconut, drink 'em both down,
Put the lime in your coconut, and call me in the morning,

Woo--ain't there nothin' you can take?
I say, woo--to relieve your belly ache,
You say, well woo--ain't there nothin' I can take?
I say woo--woo, to relieve your belly ache,
You say yow--ain't there nothin' I can take,

I say wow--to relieve this belly ache,
I said "Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take,"
I said, "Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take,"
I said, "Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take,"
I said, "Doctor you're such a silly woman.

Put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, and you'll feel better,
Put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em bot' up,
Put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning.

Yes, you call me in the morning, You call me in the morning,
I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the morning.
I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the morning.
I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the morning.
I'll tell you what to do and if you call me in the morning
I'll tell you what to do.
Comments/Interpretations
by button on 5/22/2008 8:44pm
Awesome song man!
by Jim McCarter on 5/30/2008 2:52pm
What inspired him to write the words to this song and where was he at when he wrote it. I thought he might have just been setting around with his band.
by Paulo on 6/1/2008 9:44pm
Merci;)
Haha That's French.
by 17danny17 on 6/3/2008 8:01pm
i luv this song its almost as good as the song little green bag
by Swami Sez and the Mojo Brothers on 6/6/2008 8:54am
This is the hip way to get to
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

It feels so tropical....you oughta hear this song on steel drums !!!

If you are a musician or songwriter...please email me at besinger@mac.com :-)
by Lee on 6/28/2008 10:24am
Great tune! One chord (C7) all the way through but such a catchy little ditty!
by Mee on 7/3/2008 5:03pm
My granddaughter loves this song so we played it at my son's wedding this past saturday, June 28 for her. loved it!! and those that didnt get up to dance to it were missing all the fun. It makes me want a magarita badly!!!
by Dominique on 7/15/2008 11:09pm
It's the perfect midnight margarita song!! (from Practical Magic)
by Stef on 8/2/2008 5:35pm
Got to this song through a crazy version of it done by Fred Schneider (from the B-52's, my favourite band) - it's even more fun than the original! You can find it on itunes and on youtube.
by Yo on 8/31/2008 6:26pm
Guys, this song pwns, that's the fucking it!
by karri on 9/6/2008 1:24pm
anyone know how i can relieve this bellyache?!?
by Nic on 9/17/2008 6:18pm
So let me get this straight. a girl drinks lime and coconut and feels sick, so she rings the doctor and he tells her to drink lime and coconut to feel better, and to call him in the morning. thats the coolest shit iv ever heard!
by Thom on 9/30/2008 2:12am
I think this song is about Harry Nilsson's alcoholism. What made me sick can cure me. Whadya think?
by lalalme on 10/18/2008 6:19pm
Its funny, i have nothin else to say. i hate coconuts.
by HZans on 11/9/2008 2:49pm
put the lime in the coconut and drink em both up.

very catchy.
by lilit on 11/10/2008 2:16pm
hahah love this song,awesome
coolllll
by Mandi on 1/10/2009 11:01pm
I jus got done watchin Practical Magic and of course 1 of my favorite parts is wen they're all dancin around drinkin margaritas and sigin this song... put mi in the mood for sum margaritas and well... its midnite
by ol'one on 1/23/2009 9:59pm
used to listen to this back in the day!!! Today began to wonder...was it lime in the coconut? or was it lime in the coca nut? huh.
by imdmb on 2/1/2009 12:36pm
resivior dogs was how i saw it and damn it was awesome, little green bag was sweet in there too
by charles on 2/8/2009 10:50am
I think that this song has a deeper meaning to it. I think it was written in such a way as to probe the conscience of a person who has done something wrong. trust me, it just gives off that vibe. plus it makes sense if you've seen resevoir dogs. its so fitting for the end of the movie, the perfect conclusion to an awesome movie/soundtrack
by Troy on 2/8/2009 11:55am
yea man, this song brings back old memories. haha dang, good times
by wicky word yo!! on 2/13/2009 10:22am
that jacked up lol
by Randy on 2/18/2009 10:32am
Yo Troy ma man! those were some good times back then yo. memories of doing the right thing without a care in the world, and this song at the root of all our times together. I wont soon forget them.

Randy
by teo on 3/3/2009 3:41pm
sparkling
by Lidia on 3/4/2009 10:10am
I agree with charles.
And it's an awesome song xD
by Linda on 3/19/2009 9:09pm
Listen to his other song, me and my arrow it's just as good as this one. "me and my arrow, we're straighter than narrow." hahaha I love it so much
by Rob on 4/1/2009 12:58pm
This song gets in your head and then you can't get it out! Now I have to call a doctor!
by mustache on 4/11/2009 5:01pm
It's about hallucinogenic drugs. Shamans in South America mixed lime and coca to have their visions and prophesies.
by oxana on 6/28/2009 3:19pm
man you can dance to this song however you want it is such a fun song especially with margaritas
by Jeff on 11/19/2009 12:31pm
Great tune!!!
by bobz on 1/15/2010 1:50am
charles/moustache...NOT! you have complicated something so simple..hence removed most of its joy...
by badenov on 2/8/2010 11:45pm
I hate to break to all of you,but he song sounds like it's about heroin, a very popular drug in the early 70's among himself, Lennon, Clapton etc. Some Heroin can be "cooked" with Lime, as it breaks it down into an inject-able substance. Heroin also makes you very nauseous, and you can throw up the dope and lime for hours or days after. So they bought a "dime" of coconut, and broke it down with 10 cents of lime, got sick and wrote a cool song.
by Eve.. on 2/17/2010 3:19am
Mandi, thats exactly how I felt!! this music puts you in the mood for some dancin' around the table with Margs in hand.. *YUm*!!
by junior on 3/12/2010 3:05pm
mustache and badenov are both partially correct and the guy was really floating by the end of the track man heh. Look at the muppet show version of the song, kermit the frog gets hullucinations after drinking lime and coconut he calls the docter, by the end of the skit we realise he was in the jungle all along and the doctor was really an obeah man - witch doctor -
and this was on the muppet show heh. they had it spot on. wicked song
by clarkanoid on 5/3/2010 3:12pm
It's so obviously about pregnancy...
by alsdkfj on 5/25/2010 1:47am
closing tune on Reservoir Dogs by Quinten Terentino.
by guishow on 1/2/2011 2:22pm
j'adore l'ecouter defoncer
by Your BFF on 1/11/2011 2:01pm
Haha. This is the song that the old man in the diner asks you to play on Alan Wake. Haha reading all these lyrics really makes me titter!!!!
by ButtZipp on 2/2/2011 9:33pm
You guys are so far off. This song is about the advancement of technologies and the ethics necessary to progress as a society without exploiting animals, as well as our continued reliance on oil products regardless of our advancement.
by Steviebeef on 3/16/2011 12:38am
Lets get this on the right track.

In the Caribbean there is a popular locals drink called "sky juice" which is gin/vodka/rum(take your pick, traditionally gin) and coconut milk. Sometimes other things would be added but we are not interested in that here.

Adding lime to this drink, and drinking it swiftly was a wives tale about preventing getting pregnant AFTER the fact. Island version of the morning after pill. Hence the "bellyache".

More to the point the lime "acid" curdled the coconut milk and soured your stomach.

It doesn't work, at least to the best knowledge of science, but it makes for a helluva song!
by Angela on 5/14/2011 8:24am
This is the first time to listen to this song because of seeing bones. It's so funny.
by awesomeness on 5/16/2011 7:28pm
same here!!
by Michele on 6/26/2011 12:52am
My first time hearing it was on Bones too. It is a very catchy song.
by GrinningIdiot on 6/26/2011 7:04pm
I first heard this years ago on 'Practical Magic' and have just downloaded it, as the film was on again tonight. Its such a feel good song, sitting here dancing in my chair and i'm now off to make a cocktail :-) which may or may not involve some dancing around/on the table. Neighbours might not be happy though as its now 1am :-)
by Gary Nilsson on 7/26/2011 2:38pm
Harry was just fooling around and what do you know. He found a hit.
by cola on 8/10/2011 4:50am
lime in the coca-nut, you'll feel better
by James on 8/31/2011 6:01pm
look up Nilsson on Wikipedia....
It is humbling to think of what he might have become had he not died, like so many other remarkable artists who departed in the midst of their work.
by roy on 9/5/2011 7:31am
nice
by K.I.S.S. on 9/16/2011 5:32pm
the thing makes you sick, makes you better.. LOVE!
by wwwww on 9/18/2011 11:39am
see the muppets on youtube do it
by val on 9/18/2011 2:25pm
love this song!!
by nothin on 10/4/2011 7:20am
yah put the lime in cocnut haha
by Jim on 10/15/2011 6:02am
Reservoir Dogs anyone...??
by Nirky on 11/14/2011 9:33am
If you call me in the morning I'll tell you what to do
by ThePafic on 12/3/2011 2:46pm
I fell in love with this song long time before I saw the Reservoir Dogs. Now I know what it's all about, I'm happy.
by HaleyRae on 12/23/2011 7:53pm
How about we all shut the hell up and enjoy the song?
by FirstLaddieBrett1953 on 1/17/2012 9:43am
GREAT song,though I DON'T REALLY GET ITS MEANING!!!!
by zee truth on 3/7/2012 4:19pm
This song was originally created and sung in the 1950s!
by Fabi on 3/25/2012 10:41am
Now lemme get this straight:

WHO on earth is singing the canonical version of this song??? Is it Harry himself or his fella bro? Because i believe a white Swedish kid like himself wouldn't have been able to speak or sing with this special fantastic charming accent!
by Col on 4/24/2012 1:34pm
ahahahah listened to this on Practical Magic <3 amazing song and amazing film :L
by M.S. on 5/10/2012 3:14pm
It was 30 secondas ago in a show of Bones in Germany on RTL :))
by XARK on 5/14/2012 5:14pm
For the poster who says this was a 1950's song. NO! Harry wrote this! While many of the "hits" Harry had were songs written by others, (and many other hits he wrote performed by others,) this is an original Nilsson piece. Pure studio perfection as with all of Harry's work.
by migi on 8/1/2012 2:27am
fucking awesomee :D
love it
love reservoir dogs soundtracks

Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take

...

to relive this belly ache :)
by Vitorio Toro on 1/7/2013 12:35am
great song.

resevoir dogs soundtrack. :D
by Daniel on 2/16/2013 1:29am
It's a cute song
by Ratso on 3/6/2013 1:55am
Just saw Jimmy Webb on PBS and he said Nilsson told him the meaning of the song: Lime and coconut is a hangover cure. The song is about a killer hangover.
by zelgall on 5/18/2013 5:44pm
John Lennon and Paul McCartney said in an interview that Nilsson was the best vocalist they had heard. He has a really wide range and without the benefit of autotune.
by Mowgli on 7/20/2013 1:11pm
I've always loved this song and bought this tape from RCA Tape club in the early 70s. Jump Into The Fire is also on this album (Goodfellas helicopter scene). The song's about fucking. Everything's about fucking.
by Awesomegurl on 7/21/2013 4:14am
BONES GOT ME HERE
by rottndog on 8/7/2013 2:29pm
Its a song about abortion
by J on 8/25/2013 4:38pm
I heard this song on a canoe trip when I was 11, it stuck
by imran_peter on 1/17/2014 1:38am
Very beautiful classic. Specially fall in love with this song when watching Reservoir Dogs. And Tarantino has good taste for classical musics.
by auapplemac on 4/6/2014 6:28pm
How about this for meaning: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a definition of "crazy."


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